Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, Thursday October 15, 2015 – On Monday October 12th, National Heritage Day, The Turks and Caicos Islands Government, under the auspices of the Office of the Premier in collaboration with the National Honours and Awards Committee, held the inaugural ceremony for the Turks and Caicos Islands National Honours and Awards 2015.
The ceremony, which garnered tremendous community support, saw the honouring of twenty-six Turks and Caicos Islanders in five different categories (see below). The event which drew attendants from all across the Turks and Caicos Islands was held at the Parade Grounds in the nation’s capital, Grand Turk, and onlookers where treated to an impressive display of pomp and pageantry by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force Band and royal platoon, who led the historic processional march from the Legislative House to the Parade Grounds. The Prison Wardens, the Cadet Corp., the Boy Scouts, the Cubs, the Brownies, the Girls Brigade, the HJ Robinson High School, Eliza Simons Primary, Ona Glinton Primary School and Newman’s Preparatory School were among those that turned out to honour our well-deserving citizens. Performances were rendered in voice by Miss Robyn Hinds and Mr. Julian Garland who sang I Vow To Thee My Country and To Dream The Impossible Dream, respectively, and Mr. Jervon Laporte who rendered the soulful melody Flying Without Wings on the saxophone.
The recipients were called off in order of merit and escorted to the honouring dais, where they received the bestowment of their award from the Premier, Dr. The Honourable Rufus W. Ewing, before joining the receiving line for the final honour of a March Past by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force and the uniformed groups promenade.
Those honoured for 2015 were as follows:
THE ORDER OF TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS
The Most Honourable Williams H. Mills, OTCI (Deceased)
The Most Honourable Mary Robinson, OTCI (Deceased)
THE PATRIOTIC AWARD – CAYOS MEDAL
The Much Honoured Stanley Been, PA
The Much Honoured Noel T. Gardiner, PA (deceased)
The Much Honoured Sylvia Melhado, PA
The Much Honoured Dr. Carlton Mills, PA
THE LONG SERVICE AWARD
Mrs. Jenniemae Deane-Forbes, LSM
Ms. Jestina Delancy, LSM
Bishop George Fulford, LSM
Ms. Annie Garland, LSM
Ms. Jane Garland, LSM
The Gospel Pioneers (Member, LSM)
Mrs. Marionette Hinds, LSM
Mrs. Ismae Pereira, LSM
Mr. Michael Simmons, LSM
Mrs. Lynette Thomas, LSM
Ms. Stephanie Thomas, LSM
THE MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
Mr. Daniel Campbell, MSM
Mrs. Claudette Clare, MSM
Mr. James Fulford, MSM
Bishop Franklyn Williams, MSM
NATIONAL YOUNG ACHIEVER’S MEDAL
Mr. Elton Dickenson, NYAM
Miss Ryesha Higgs, NYAM
Mr. Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye, NYAM
Miss TeAndra Thomas, NYAM
Mr. Delano Williams, NYAM
The Office of the Premier sends congratulations to all persons honoured this year and encourages greater participation from the community next year and for years to come.
Woman dies on Tuesday; 32nd Covid Death for Turks & Caicos
By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, January 20, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos has recorded its 32nd death related to COVID-19.
The person, who we are told is a special needs young woman – was unvaccinated and had underlying medical conditions.
The death rate in the Turks and Caicos of both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons has climbed alarmingly this year. In the 21-month period from March 2020 when the country recorded its first case to December 2021, there were 26 deaths recorded in the TCI.
In the 19 days since the start of 2022 that number has increased to 32; which means six deaths already in January.
Cruising should slow down says PAHO
By Dana Malcolm
‘Slow down on Cruising’, that’s the word from the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO in their latest recent press conference.
“In the context of intense transmission, due to the Omicron variant as we have highlighted several times. It is just logical to suspend or at least limit the cruise ship traffic as an outbreak on board might end up exceedingly high and probably will go beyond the capacity of local health services”
Both the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos are experiencing a massive uptick in cases and several warnings regarding cruise travel have been issued by the US Centers for Disease Control.
Cruising just resumed for many regional countries this past Summer, Turks and Caicos was among the latest to restart on December 13.
A stop to sailing would be devastating to economies, however, ports of call like Grand Turk which are reeling with rocketing case numbers of COVID are urged to consider the suggestion of slowing down on ships by PAHO.
Cayman gets its second ‘Sir’; former Premier Alden McLaughlin knighted on Jan 1
By Dana Malcolm
#Cayman, January 20, 2022 – Former Premier of Cayman Alden McLaughlin was knighted at the start of 2022; named in the Queen’s New Year Honors List. He is only the second Caymanian to have ever received a knighthood from her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Current Governor, Martyn Roper extended congratulations saying, “This is an outstanding personal achievement for former Premier McLaughlin, one of the most important and impactful political leaders in Cayman over the last 21 years. It is a significant moment for our islands. This historic award is only the second ever Knighthood to a Caymanian since the first in the 1990s. It is a strong signal of the respect in which Cayman is held and a visible demonstration of the progress Cayman has made as a vibrant democracy with strong good governance foundations.”
Sir McLaughlin, who is also now a QC attorney, served two terms as premier and had a career in politics that spanned 21 years. McLaughlin is known for his role in modernizing Cayman’s constitution.
Current premier G. Wayne Panton described the occasion as a unifying moment for the country saying, This is a day of celebration and great pride for all Caymanians as a son of our soil has been bestowed one of the highest honour. Today marks a new and most unique storyline in the history of the Cayman Islands. In considering the rarity and magnitude of this occasion, this is certainly a unifying moment for our community.”
Sir Alden McLaughlin, 60, was appointed as a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George on January 1, 2022.
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